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Today โ€” September 18th 2019NPR Technology

China Used Twitter To Disrupt Hong Kong Protests, But Efforts Began Years Earlier

By Daniel Wood
Graph showing twitter activity from banned accounts in the last year.

Social media networks banned hundreds of thousands of accounts last month. In NPR's assessment of the data, telling details begin to depict large disinformation campaigns.

(Image credit: Daniel Wood/NPR)

  • September 17th 2019 at 23:48

Using AI In Malawi To Save Elephants

By Dina Temple-Raston

Poachers killed almost a third of the African elephant population between 2007 and 2014, a recent census found. Researchers hope artificial intelligence can help stop poachers and other threats, too.

  • September 17th 2019 at 22:29
Yesterday โ€” September 17th 2019NPR Technology

Meet The Nuclear-Powered Self-Driving Drone NASA Is Sending To A Moon Of Saturn

By Geoff Brumfiel
NASA

Almost everyone who learns about the project thinks it sounds "crazy," admits one scientist. But the technology should work.

(Image credit: Johns Hopkins APL)

  • September 17th 2019 at 11:09
Before yesterdayNPR Technology

Sophistication Of Saudi Airstrike Points To Iranian Involvement

By Geoff Brumfiel

An attack over the weekend crippled a major Saudi Arabian oil facility. Evidence suggests the strike may have involved both missiles and drones and means Iran probably played a role.

  • September 16th 2019 at 22:22

Most Isolated Tribe In Continental U.S. Gets Broadband

By Laurel Morales
MuralNet CEO Mariel Triggs installs broadband equipment on the Havasupai reservation. Tribal members Travis Hamibreek and Ophelia Watahomigie-Corliss can see the Wi-Fi signal on their phones.

The Havasupai Tribe's reservation, located at the bottom of the Grand Canyon, is finally getting broadband access. Tribal members say it will improve education, health care and economic development.

(Image credit: Laurel Morales/KJZZ)

  • September 16th 2019 at 11:01

A Fire Lookout On What's Lost In A Transition To Technology

By Nathan Rott
Philip Connors has spent 17 summers as a fire lookout in the Gila National Forest. Lookouts are the eyes in the forest, even as the forests they watch have changed, shaped by developers, shifting land management policies and climate change.

The number of manned fire lookouts in the U.S. is dwindling, as technology is increasingly used to spot and monitor wildfires. But can technology replace a human watch?

(Image credit: Nathan Rott/NPR)

  • September 15th 2019 at 12:00

More From Edward Snowden

Six years ago, Edward Snowden gave classified documents from the U.S. government's surveillance programs to journalists. He talks about his motivations and his new memoir with NPR's Scott Simon.

  • September 14th 2019 at 13:59

Uber To Pull Jump Bikes From Atlanta And San Diego

By Peter Talbot
Uber is withdrawing its Jump electric bike rentals from Atlanta and San Diego.

Shareable bikes and electric scooters have continued to create issues for cities, prompting some to implement bans and regulations.

(Image credit: Mike Blake/Reuters)

  • September 13th 2019 at 23:44

Friday News Roundup - Domestic

Another former Republican politician is set to challenge the president in the primaries. And California passed a bill requiring companies to treat their contractors like employees.

  • September 13th 2019 at 16:06

Microsoft President: Democracy Is At Stake. Regulate Big Tech

By Aarti Shahani
Microsoft President Brad Smith says governments need to set rules for big technology companies. "Almost no technology has gone so entirely unregulated, for so long, as digital technology," he says.

Brad Smith says governments need to step in and set rules for the Internet giants. "Almost no technology has gone so entirely unregulated, for so long, as digital technology," he says.

(Image credit: Gary He/Reuters)

  • September 13th 2019 at 20:18

In 'Permanent Record,' Edward Snowden Says 'Exile Is An Endless Layover'

By Greg Myre
Former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, on a video link in Moscow, speaks to the crowd on a giant screen at festival in Roskilde, Denmark, in 2016. "You are being watched all the time and you have no privacy," Snowden said.

In his memoir, the former NSA contractor says he believes he has been proven right as the U.S. has amended laws regarding government surveillance. But the government still wants to prosecute him.

(Image credit: Melissa Kuhn Hjerrild/AP)

  • September 13th 2019 at 15:02

Edward Snowden Tells NPR: The Executive Branch 'Sort Of Hacked The Constitution'

By Scott Simon
Edward Snowden appears on a live video feed broadcast from Moscow at an event sponsored by the ACLU Hawaii in Honolulu on Feb. 14, 2015.

In an interview with NPR about his memoir, Permanent Record, former NSA contractor Edward Snowden denies any cooperation with Russian intelligence and says he would return if guaranteed a fair trial.

(Image credit: Marco Garcia/AP)

  • September 12th 2019 at 21:01

Lawsuits Say Lyft Doesn't Do Enough To Protect Women From Predatory Drivers

By Eric Westervelt
Lyft is under growing pressure to strengthen background checks and adopt better security measures for passengers after dozens of women reported that they had been sexually assaulted by drivers.

Dozens of women say Lyft drivers sexually assaulted them. They are suing the ride-hailing company to force it to make rides safer.

(Image credit: Jeenah Moon/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

  • September 12th 2019 at 17:51

To Prevent School Shootings, Districts Are Surveilling Students' Online Lives

By Anya Kamenetz
School surveillance illustration

More and more schools are investing in technologies that scan social media posts, school assignments and even student emails for potential threats. Privacy experts say the trade-offs aren't worth it.

(Image credit: Delphine Lee/NPR)

  • September 12th 2019 at 14:58

California Lawmakers Advance Bill To Redefine And Protect Gig Economy Workers

By Colin Dwyer
Democratic Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez speaks at a July rally for independent contractors in Sacramento, Calif. The measure that passed Tuesday in the state Senate requires companies such as Lyft and Uber to turn many contract workers into employees.

The bill, which passed the state Senate and is expected to become law, limits the kinds of workers who can be classified as contractors. It has vast implications for companies such as Lyft and Uber.

(Image credit: Rich Pedroncelli/AP)

  • September 11th 2019 at 12:41

Apple Launches Video-Streaming Service For $4.99 A Month

By Avie Schneider
Apple CEO Tim Cook announces details of the company

Apple is entering the video-streaming race, taking on Netflix, Disney and others with a new monthly subscription of $4.99. The company also announced new iPhones, as their sales have been slowing.

(Image credit: Tony Avelar/AP)

  • September 10th 2019 at 21:39

Louisiana Attorney General On The Multistate Investigation Into Big Tech

NPR's Mary Louise Kelly speaks with Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry about a new bipartisan, multistate investigation into the business practices of large tech firms like Google and Facebook.

  • September 9th 2019 at 23:22

With Next Goal To Secure 2020 Elections, Feds Seek To Absorb Lessons From 2016

By Ryan Lucas
The headquarters of the military intelligence agency GRU in Moscow. The FBI and other U.S. agencies want to stop more interference like that launched from here against the U.S. in 2016.

The FBI and other intelligence and security agencies say they're combing the active measures playbook run against the 2016 presidential election to defend the next one.

(Image credit: Pavel Golovkin/AP)

  • September 9th 2019 at 22:39

Telepsychiatry Helps Recruitment And Patient Care In Rural Areas

By Yuki Noguchi
Dr. Abdul Subhan, a psychiatrist, at Meridian Health Services in Indiana, connects with patients over the Internet.

A telemedicine initiative at Meridian Health Services is making it possible to offer psychiatric care to more patients in remote areas. It's also helping recruit doctors in a tight labor market.

(Image credit: Yuki Noguchi/NPR)

  • September 9th 2019 at 21:01

48 States Investigating Whether Google's Dominance Hurts Competition

By Aarti Shahani
District of Columbia Attorney General Karl Racine (left) and Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton speak Monday about the launch of an antitrust investigation into Google outside the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C.

The top legal officials of 48 states, led by Texas Republican Attorney General Ken Paxton, announced a major investigation into Google's dominance in search and advertising.

(Image credit: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)

  • September 9th 2019 at 20:35
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